SANSA made the first sprite observations in 2016 from Sutherland and have since recorded over 500 events up to 900 km away. Triggered by lightning, sprites are optical gas discharges which occur between the top of thunderstorms and space. This talk will take you on a journey of discovery as we uncover the mysteries of sprites. Prof Kosch will present recent findings and rare footage of sprites recorded from space and from the ground in South Africa.
Date: 23 May 2019
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Venue: SAAO Cape Town
Speaker: Prof Mike Kosch, SANSA Chief Scientist